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Overview

The Lindell 354E is a multiband model of the most famous vintage diode bridge compressor, the Neve 2254E, precisely replicating its distinctive behavior and rich sonic character in each of its three bands. But in practical use, the 354E really is two compressors in one: Turn on its Nuke mode to radically shape individual tracks, and turn it off for lighter, more nuanced compression when mastering or for surgical mixing. Both modes yield the same lush coloration and smooth presence that made the 2254E one of the most revered and highly sought after compressors in the world.

The 354E is one of the very best plugins you can use to compress drums, electric guitars, and rock vocals. Unlike its single-banded cousin, the 254E, three independent compression bands (Low, Mid and High), powerful Nuke mode, and Niveau and highpass sidechain filters let you dramatically reshape tracks for maximum size, punch and bottom-end weight. And with an adjustable attack time as fast as 2µsec (two millionths of a second), the 354E is one of the fastest compressors available, capable of shaping sounds in extreme ways most other compressors can only dream of.

Fatten Up Individual Tracks

The 354E’s Nuke mode is the poster child for rock ‘n’ roll excess. It’s like throwing TNT on drum room mics. Use Nuke mode to explode the room ambience and make the drums pump like a jackhammer. Use the built-in filters to shield bass frequencies from compression, inflating the kick drum in the room mics to monster size. Then adjust the three bands’ ratio and gain controls to balance the level of hi hat and cymbals with that of the trap drums for the perfect blend.

The 354’s Niveau filter and Nuke mode are also your tickets to making thin-sounding floor and rack toms thunder with deep, long sustain and rock vocals hyperventilate with urgency. The 354E will also quickly become your go-to guitar-track shaper: on electric guitar vamps, the multiband controls and filters let you compress the bottom and top strings’ output to different degrees to boost chunky, palm-muted bass notes or blazing, high chords to the front of the mix. Compress heavily to add intensely colorful character, and then use the Mix control to dial some pristine dry signal back into the 354E’s output for the perfect blend of mayhem and detail.

Mix and Master with Kid Gloves

When you turn off Nuke mode, the 354E takes on the highly nuanced behavior needed for master-bus compression and mastering. Use the 354E’s mild 1.5:1 ratio to add solidifying glue to mixes. Kick in the Niveau filter to add punch, fullness and weight to the bottom end of thin mixes. Use the 354E’s M/S (mid-side) mode to compress hard-panned guitars without affecting the kick drum, bass and lead vocals. Calibrate the 354E’s internal operating levels to adapt to any mastering situation and handle the hottest or weakest mix with equal ease and grace. A and B workspaces let you compare alternate control setups for perfect, nuanced results.

Whether using it to pump up individual tracks to ginormous size, add density to full mixes, or apply subtle surgical compression to correct imbalanced masters, the versatile Lindell 354E is your paint brush for colorful vintage sound.

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Legal DisclaimerNeve and 2254E are registered trademarks of AMS/Neve Inc.  The Lindell 354E was developed by Lindell Audio based on its own modeling techniques. AMS/Neve has not endorsed nor sponsored the 354E in any manner, nor licensed any intellectual property for use in this product.

Features

  • Faithfully models the most famous vintage diode bridge compressor, the Neve 2254E, in each of its three independent frequency bands
  • Adjustable crossover frequencies between bands allow you to home in on where compression is needed most
  • Ratios range, in five steps, from 1.5:1 for mastering and master-bus compression to as high as 6:1 for shaping individual tracks
  • Switchable Nuke mode over-compresses tracks to dramatic effect
  • Mid/Side mode focuses compression on mid or side channel—or in stereo—for surgical precision
  • Highpass filter in sidechain lends greater punch to compressed drums, bass guitar and other bass-heavy instruments
  • Switchable Niveau filter tilts sidechain’s frequency response to preserve bass energy—great for creating the killer API “thrust” compression effect
  • Mix control provides instant parallel processing, especially useful for blending radically compressed signal with pristine dry input when compressing drums, adding density to rock guitars and more
  • Bands can be linked and soloed
  • Adjustable, wide-ranging attack and release controls include blazing-fast 2µsec attack time for radical compression and Auto release for artifact-free processing
  • Optional auto-makeup gain for each band
  • Three-way meter displays I/O and gain-reduction levels in turn
  • Internal operating levels can be calibrated in nine 1dB steps for precise mastering applications
  • Resizable user interface and up to 16x oversampling for digital precision in any environment

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Josh Newell
    Josh Newell

    I put the Lindell 354E on the stereo buss of a mix I was working on, and it glued the track together perfectly. This thing rules.

  • Ethan Mates
    Ethan Mates

    The 354E has a new home on my parallel drum buss! Having all the features of a modern multiband compressor, but with vintage tonality, is super useful, and it can easily do what would otherwise… Read More

  • Thomas Gold
    Thomas Gold

    Loving this one -- it’s a beast! I could instantly blow up the kick out of a full drum loop without affecting the rest of the sounds. I was able to warm up a vocal and give it some nice attitude… Read More

  • David Arnold
    David Arnold

    The 354E retains all the detail of the original signal but gives the frequencies you need help with plenty of extra punch and bite. The filter stage is smooth and subtle, unless you want to drive… Read More

  • Charles Stella
    Charles Stella

    I’ve really enjoyed using the Lindell 354E on a new batch of mixes. It has a detailed yet powerful sound that is perfect for the mix buss or for mastering. The three bands, sidechain filter, Mix… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • ★★★★★
    Lindell 354e
    by Jt holt
    Soft around the edges but cuts. Very simple layout and is great for pulling tones off of toms and vocals. Just like the other brainworx products I've purchased I'm really happy with the results and… Read More
  • ★★★★☆
    A fantastic-sounding plugin with a couple of drawbacks.
    by In-Stereo
    This is a phenomal-sounding compressor, just like the 254E. It's tasty, punchy, and feels quite "analog" (whatever that really means!) to me. I use it all over the place, from busses to my… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    Wow, I guess I did need another compressor...
    by deadscenerecords.com
    I would love to knock off a point for the omission of external sidechain support; but this plugin sounds so damn good, I really couldn't justify it. The 354E definitely sounds like Neve analog… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    Xband compressor
    by Alex Hepting
    I like this one a lot, there is no need to eq match if utilized in niveau mode for an equal frequency response according human hearing. Especially the oversampling makes a real difference. The only… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    one of the best!
    by rick drumss
    this is a cool one multi band compressor plugin on the market. i`m using it a lot on my drum bus. really love it!! thank you Lindell Audio i hope you keep this type of quality.

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX Native, AU, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.8 through 10.12
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or any VST/VST3/AU-compatible host running on a supported operating system

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; minimum 2 GHz recommended)

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

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